Animation and Anime

I AM COMIC BOOK GUY!!!

Published at: May 7, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST by headgeek





Hey folks, Harry here... For years... over a decade... people have claimed that COMIC BOOK GUY from the Simpsons was based on me. Over all this time - I've deflected it. Oh sure - my parents had a comic book shop that I grew up in - and throughout my college years I sold the best vintage comics and movie posters and rare collectibles at shows all over the country... But - if you learn anything from doing conventions... you realize - that while the visage of COMIC BOOK GUY doesn't fit to everyone... there's almost always at least 9 people in a convention hall that you could think... with your glasses off... was in fact COMIC BOOK GUY - and I'm one of those. Though I do feel that Comic Book Guy is a tad more discerning than me. Well... all the years of denial and labeling him as having nothing... whatsoever to do with me. I can deny it... no more. On tonight's episode of THE SIMPSONS... titled ANY GIVEN SUNDANCE... there's a scene of Comic Book Guy writing a review for his website.... AIN'T I FAT NEWS - well... that kinda settles it. I'M NOW COMIC BOOK GUY!!! Or at the very least - I have now become a contributing satire that they have added to the character. I love that they didn't do a "Harry Knowles" scene... but rather embued a little of my world into Comic Book Guy's world. I think it highly ironic - as yesterday, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - had me visiting the best comic shop in Texas... AUSTIN BOOKS - and purchasing ace condition copies of DAREDEVIL #1 and CONAN #1... and tonight - as I got the word that "Harry, you were on the Simpsons" from all over the place... I was actually flipping through those awesome original issues and talking with my father about how these were "some of the best comics ever." Here's the image:





This episode... was obviously... Best Simpsons Ever!!!

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  • May 5, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Opossums...

    by Neosamurai85

    They make everything better.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    yeah

    by HEADGEEK

    not for too much longer though

  • May 5, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Interesting.

    by Ben_Gazzara

    I had you pegged as Disco Stu.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    No seriously.

    by Neosamurai85

    Congrats Harry! You are now of the yellow people. They have absorbed you... like the blob. You've been yellow blobbed. Damn leaky reactors.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    cheers big guy

    by jigsaw

    hopefully within a few years you'll be too skinny to resemble that churlish butterball anymore.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:49 a.m. CST

    You know you've made it when...

    by The Grug

  • May 5, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    haha

    by WYLD STALLYNS RULES

    Since my breakfast burrito is congealing rapidly, I will be blunt. Now observe, as I give a glowing review to a mediocre film entitled "I am Legend Two: The Quickening," which I have invented.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons will outlive us all.

    by cinemixtape.com

    And I can't say I'm happy about that. The lifespan of a turd has increased exponentially and there's nothing I can do about it. Oh well.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Ain't I Fat?

    by Knugen

    That's clever... The Simpsons truly has lost it's edge. Have they then jumped the proverbial whale shark?

  • May 5, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Way to be Harry!!

    by Mezzanine

    Everyone should read the screen of what Comic Book Guy is typing. <p> "landspeeder, don't Bantha to your nearest theater". <p> Harry, the next time you love a movie, PLEASE PUT THAT IN YOUR REVIEW.

  • May 5, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    I don't know if I should...

    by Gabba-UK

    congratulate you or send you my condolences, Harry. I think I'll pick the former.

  • May 5, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    And in the same episode as Jim Jarmusch...

    by tonagan

    Who can eat an onion without crying.

  • May 5, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    WE ARE ALL COMIC BOOK GUY

    by photoboy

    It's true. Oh, and fuck Michael Bay.

  • May 5, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Matt Groening said he is Comic Book Guy.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Or what he think he looks like in the women's eyes.<br> Cool joke anyway. Sites like AICN aren't referenced enough on TV. (probably for a good reason...)

  • May 5, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST

    "PAY ATTENTION TO ME!" - Harry

    by mr teaspoon

    You just happen to be the kind of fat asshole the Simpsons is lampooning.

  • May 5, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Homage or putdown?

    by Rocco Curioso

    Well... whatever makes you happy, Harry.<P>The REAL irony is that the average person who (still) watches "The Simpsons" probably didn't pick up on it at all. We can't all be movie geeks; probably better off that way.<P>That said, Moriarty is probably seething with jealousy.

  • May 5, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    haha, well done harry

    by couP

  • May 5, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Hmmm. Royalties?

    by the way

    since you're part of the show, now, you should suggest a story involving Comic Book Guy starting a petition that would save "Where the Wild Things Are" from Evil Studio Guy.

  • May 5, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    landspeeder, don't bantha, to your nearest cinema

    by ironic_name

  • May 5, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    News about weight loss

    by greentealite

    According to this new study reported in Nature, as the BBC reports here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7378349.stm) the number of fat cells in a given adult body are set for life, which is why weight loss is so difficult for those of us that are rotund. Even with operations such as gastric bypass, etc, the best help is still just diet and exercise, but it is not easy. "adipocyte", the cell type which makes up the bulk of our bellies and waistlines, expands and contracts based on how big you are, but they don't go away regardless of the operation.

  • May 5, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST

    You're working out right Harry?

    by Orionsangels

    Because just not eating and losing weight will result in hanging skin. Then you have to get an operation to remove it, not good

  • May 5, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Friday's Moonlight mentioned AICN. You a vamp, too?

    by Uncle Stan

  • May 5, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Hulk Hogans an Incest guy

    by Orionsangels

    http://tinyurl.com/6kl2vw

  • May 5, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    That was FAN FUCKIN' TASTIC

    by Mace Tofu

    Congrats Harry , that was some cool news. Have fun at Speed tonight you lucky Comic book guy : )

  • May 5, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST

    What I watched instead of "The Simpsons" last night...

    by indiebum

    Fred Zinnemann's "The Search." A much better viewing experience than 95% of "The Simpsons" episodes in the last five or six years.

  • May 5, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    "Worst episode ever! I'm only going to see it 6 more times..."

    by LaserPants

    "Today!"<br><br>Best and most dead-on bash on the morbidly obese middle aged virgin set ever.

  • May 5, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST

    This is Amazing

    by SUPERJIM

    I always thought that if I were famous I would guest on The Simpsons (or maybe Futurama or Friends back in the day). Does this mean you are famous enough Harry? Do it Harry, get on to your industry contacts and get on the show. Do it for free. DO IT. You and Comic Book Guy could have some sort of show down over the rightful crown of something or other.

  • May 5, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST

    It was actually a good episode.

    by rbatty024

    I'm glad I caught it because it was probably the best Simpsons episode in a long, long time. I actually caught myself laughing out loud. Jim Jarmauch was genius and I loved Woody Allen's line to Soon Yi ("But I said I was only thinking about adopting Scarlet Johanson"). I dare say it was an episode that could have been played during its first ten years.

  • May 5, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Congrats Harry!!!

    by beastie

    That is an honor. Also, saying that Comic Book Guy is a little more discerning than you was hilarious.

  • May 5, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Shout Out!

    by Yeti

    Wasn't there an episode of Justice League or Batman:TAS where there was a big red-haired, bearded guy that was posting things on the internet about Batman ..I seem to recall that.

  • May 5, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    "Landspeeder, don't Bantha...."

    by Alfred_Packer

    Now thats comedy gold right there..

  • May 5, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I get, it's because he's overweight

    by O_Goncho

    Hilarious.

  • May 5, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Thats fucked up. I love it Harry

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Now you've hit pop cutlture immortality. Kudos. Fuck I'm jealous.

  • May 5, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Ricarleite...

    by Agent Blue

    He's given you an avenue to be a douche bag, so that's pretty good. After all these years Harry is still a big movie nerd. Don't be jealous.

  • May 5, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Hopefully

    by Series7

    This means a scene on Family Guy soon. Because I bet deep down DEEP down you like Family Guy. Family guy is probably the only thing on TV these days that is even trying to push the censors, yeah there is SP but its cable and Comedy Central pretty much owes its exsitence to that show.

  • May 5, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    HAHAHA

    by Kid Z

    too funny. too bad Simpsons isn't funny anymore. South Park ftw.

  • May 5, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Congradulations Harry

    by BendersShinyAss

    You've made your mark not only on pop culture, but on the world stage. <p> no easy feat bud

  • May 5, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    'Getting cheesed ...' ftw. lol

    by jae683

  • May 5, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    so what did you pay for DD #1?

    by Big Dan

  • May 5, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Now I shall return to my store...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...where I dispense with the insults, rather than absorb them.

  • May 5, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Yeti...

    by Osmosis Jones

    The Harry clone was on Batman Beyond. He was the creator of a viveo game called "Sentries Of The Lost Cosmos" (or something).

  • May 5, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Congratulations

    by BenBraddock

    You have arrived - OFFICIAL!

  • May 5, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    You're officially an icon

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I mean, all of us here knew it. Now the general populace does too (or at least, Simpsons watchers)

  • May 5, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    You know I am surprised

    by Series7

    Harry was never mentioned in the South Park The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer episode.

  • May 5, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Holeeeeeeeee Toleeeeeeedooooooo

    by mr.brownstone

    What an honor!

  • May 5, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    The big difference

    by waggy

    Comic Book Guy tends to hate everything. Harry tends to love everything. There's also the little issue that CBG was introduced years before Mr Knowles and AICN entered the public consciousness, but we won't mention that :p

  • May 5, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    by HulkSmashNow

    Harry, I love ya, but you ain't "Comic Book Guy." He first appeared in 1991...you weren't even running this site, yet, much less that famous.

  • May 5, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    And I still don't know who Jim Jarmusch is

    by terry1978

    But the joke was gotten last night.

  • May 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan has a beer and cheats on his wife . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

  • May 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    WITH HIS DAUGHTER?!?!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    damn enter key.

  • May 5, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    that funny show

    by g-ride9000

    but not as funny as all you pieces of shit chiming in on stuff. Hey take a break, your mom made nachos!

  • May 5, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    NACHOS?

    by ironic_name

    but your mum made hot muff pie!

  • May 5, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Only Harry's second animated cameo

    by Thrillho77

    Wasn't that you in "Paprika" already?

  • May 5, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Headgeek is my Idol!

    by DaBUU

    No if, and, or butts about it!

  • May 5, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    his name is Jeff Albertson

    by Jubba

    why didn't they make his name a bit closer to yours, Harry?

  • May 5, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    OMG Harry, congratulations!

    by chiahead

    Not to slight any of your past successes, but being immortalized in a Simpsons episode is probably the coolest thing "they" could ever do the IP that is Harry Knowles.

  • May 5, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Comic Book Shop Near

    by WriteFromLeft

  • May 5, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Comic Book Shop Near Fox

    by WriteFromLeft

    I always thought The Comic Book Guy was based, in part, on the guy who ran the comic book store down the street from the studio, on Pico Blvd. There were some physical similarities, but the kicker for me was that the guy who ran the place used to eat out of white styrofoam take-out containers (from the food court at the Westside Pavillion mall down the street), and in at least one of The Simpsons episodes, you can see Comic Book Guy eating out of a similar container. Granted, the character is a composite of cliches, but for the show writers, I can't help but think that the guy down the street was a handy reference. And, okay, I'm sure there's some Harry thrown in, too.

  • May 5, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    You've made it.

    by RobinP

    When you're satirised by The Simpsone, you are a pop culture icon. Simple as that. Congratulations.

  • May 5, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    good luck on the weight thing Harry

    by wash

    Maybe they'll get that Hurly dude to follow your lead.

  • May 5, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    So, how much did Lisa bribe you for that review?

    by Smerdyakov

    Did she have to fly you and your fat father to Springfield?

  • May 5, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Yes, I'm at the gym every day

    by HEADGEEK

    Down 32 lbs. Benching 175, - doing reps totaling 35 on each muscle group. Legs need the most work, but continuing to hit it. I'm two weeks out from surgery beginning tomorrow. Starting Atkins as prep for surgery to help remove fat from Liver area - as is needed for the surgery. Fucking love the gym - though I did pull a muscle in my back yesterday... broke form... was punished for it. I feel it today.

  • May 5, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    No Pain No Gain, Harry

    by finky089

    of course, too much pain = no gym, so....remember- all good things in moderation. <p> Bearded Speed Racer rocks!

  • May 5, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Surprised it took SImpsons this long

    by finky089

    In a way, I'm surprised Harry/AICN wasn't parodied like that before now. Of course, if it happened after season 10, I could easily have missed it not watching those less-than-funny seasons too much.

  • May 5, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by Sithdan

    Doesn't working out eventually burn the fat in your liver?

  • May 5, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Moonlight

    by Mastidon

    Hey Harry, don't know if you saw / heard it but there was a mention of AICN on MOONLIGHT 48 hours before the SIMPSONS ep aired. What's next? CSI?

  • May 5, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Man Harry, this is great

    by kungfuhustler84

    I really respect you and what you have done with the things you love. Congrats on getting the tip of the hat from the Simpsons folks. Get us a Speed review in soon and use that landspeeder line. congrats on the weight loss too, dude. It's about time! A lighter Harry will be a longer living Harry. I better be seeing your Iron Man 4 review in the future too!

  • May 5, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Congratulations Harry

    by Automaton Overlord

    HulkSmashNow: he didn't say he was the inspiration for the character, only, that now he's an officialy recognized facet of the pastiche that is comic book guy.

  • May 5, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Benching 175?

    by Mr. Profit

    Come on now. Let's get serious. If you are using the Smith Machine to help you then it's not real benching.

  • May 5, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Anyhow congrats on the weight loss...

    by Mr. Profit

    But you'd lose more weight going on a sugar free diet. If you eliminate sugar you will drop weight quickly. Cut out fruit juices and orange juice. Eat regular corn flakes with fat free milk. Eat only greens and protein. And cut out bread, rice, or anything that could convert to glucose in your system. It works. And Labrada makes a shake called Lean Body that can be used as a meal replacement. 40 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar. Good luck bro. Glad you finally taking the steps to convert the fat man in the upper left corner cartoon into a skinny one.

  • May 5, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    One more thing...

    by Mr. Profit

    If you are a soda fanatic, convert to diet soda asap. Diet Snapple is also good. And of course, cant go wrong with good ol' H20.

  • May 5, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Bah!

    by UCFKevin

    "Landspeeder, do not bantha..." is one of the funniest goddamn things the Simpsons has ever done.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Congratulation, Harry!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Are we allowed to call the Comic Book Guy "Harry?!?" <p> Of course, we knew this all along...</p>

  • May 5, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Listen to Harry

    by Abominable Snowcone

    cursing himself for "breaking form" at the gym. You're on your way, son. The only thing that could top that is if Harry said he enjoys bench presses as much as chocolate coated pussyjuice on a swollen, read-to-pop clitoris.

  • May 5, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Harry...don't get TOO thin...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    How would anyone be able to draw you in a humourous light?!? <p>Seriously, you are in our thoughts and prayers, dude. Keep up the good weight conditioning. You wife will love you for it! </p>

  • May 5, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    BTW...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Harry...keep up the good work. We need you around to further emblazen yourself as a pop icon. <p>Too many of The Simpsons' guest satires die an early demise (as seen on Disk 1 of each season's collection). We need Harry for at least another two decades (or until I reach the age of 45). </p> You're the iconic (Comic Book) man!

  • May 5, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    HAHA THats actually

    by mattforce7

    kinda cool, props

  • May 5, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Groening actually said in a commentary who CBG is based on

    by Richard Cranium

    He said he used to have a ton of people asking him if Comic Book Guy is based on the guy from their local comic store. Groening replied that he's based on pretty much every comic book store guy in America. Because every Comic book shop that I've ever been in that's big enough to have more than a couple employees has somebody who's a dead ringer for him.

  • May 5, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Congratulations!

    by CryptoKnight

    Harry, as dick head above mentions, even if he is not solely based on you, the fact that a pop-culture reference was made about you is sweet!

  • May 5, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    Harry, don't listen to Mr. Profit.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Diet Soda will fucking kill you. It's made with sucralose (also known as Splenda) and that shit is made by substituting two atoms in the sugar molecule with CHLORINE atoms. No kidding. Splenda is two parts chlorine, one part sugar. <p> You might as well start drinking the chlorine you use to condition your swimming pool. <p> Personally, I prefer sugar sodas. Not HFCS (that shit will kill us all, too) and not Splenda, sucralose, sucrose, aspartame (also VERY bad), or saccharin. Artificial sweeteners are all just lab-created chemicals that have an adverse effect on your body. <p> If you're a soda addict, and you're in Texas, you have access to Mexican Coke. It's made with sugar (not HFCS) and it tastes better, is better for you (though not exactly "healthy"), and makes American Coke taste syrupy and awful in comparison. <p> Just do NOT drink that diet shit. It's worse for you than drinking regular Coke and just doing a little power-walking or fucking to work off the extra few calories.

  • May 5, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    HAHAHAHA

    by TiPPiDa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QUnL-soF7k

  • May 5, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Congrats

    by Toonol

    They don't make fun of anything too obscure; so they judged you a big enough cultural force to satire.<p> And everybody, stay away from Diet Soda. Sugar in bulk is bad for you, but it's still natural. Artificial Sweetener is some weird hack to make unnatural chemicals fool taste receptors. And nobody has ever gotten thin from drinking diet soda.

  • May 5, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    AICN has several contributors

    by Larry Sellers

    Are you the only one that's overweight?

  • May 5, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Keep it up with that diet!

    by Ben Addiction

    You have talked about this diet thing a few times on the site and you keep giving up on it. Stay with it and it WILL work. I have known a few people working food service here in Austin and have waited on you several times myself, so I know what a bad boy you've been. Especially at your size, the Atkins thing should be working really well if you stay hard core and keep at it. Good luck with it!

  • May 5, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Get over yourself

    by WolfmanNards

    for serious, man. Get over yourself. Then again, maybe we should let you have your ego. Doesn't seem like you have much else.

  • May 5, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, would you go to San Diego Comic Con?

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    I'm not sure if you've ever been to S.D. Comic Con. You should put up your own booth like good ol' days and sell memorabilia like hotcakes if you can sacrifice some vintage stuff. It's cool you bought Daredevil and Conan #1 issues, I hope the investment is worth it if they are encased in CGC cases (unless you have to crack the cases open to read with careful handling). I will be heading to SD Comic Con this late July. I'd like for you to meet Len Wein and Neal Adams & his son Joshua Adams (who recently drew a portrait of Robert Downey Jr for Iron Man promo on Mtv's TRL early this month) there and chat anecdotes of American comic history. You know you wield influence over the film geekdom, but how about inputting your view on classic comics newly available in reprints/reissue compilation as a side to promote the artistically aesthetic beauty of reading comic books? There might not be cooler new comics by now (because there are hundreds of comics each month making it unwieldly to browse). I suggest checking out "The Atheist" and "DMZ "as a starter. You will thank me later. And you are the king of geek; hence The Simpsons' parody of "Comic Book Guy" (one of my favorite characters on the show for endless amusement, even though I don't watch the show often as I was) based on you.

  • May 5, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Kudos to the Simpson writers and animators!

    by Uncapie

    Shows they like reading the stuff on this site too and they have a good sense of humor.

  • May 5, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Larry Sellers

    by The Real MiraJeff

    I won't speak for any of the other contributors but I definitely am. I got off my lazy and expanding ass last week and started hitting the gym. It's been a bit intimidating so far, but I'm just happy I'm actually doing it. I'm about 5"8 1/2 and 190 lbs. so I gotta trim like 20 lbs. to get back to fighting form, hehe. My diet is probably the worst of anyone you'll ever meet too. I've never even had a salad. Ever. Just a lot of nachos at the movies, like JoBlo but less Canadian.

  • May 5, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    So...

    by FlyingToupee

    Aren't you gonna post pics of those copies of Daredevil and Conan #1? Let's see 'em!

  • May 5, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Comic Book Guy

    by pk68

    Really seems like he's based ona guy from local comic book store I used go to her was overweight, short, and he walked around barefoot. First time I saw the Simpson's character, I said I know that dude!

  • May 5, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Harry will look like...

    by The Only Woj

    the over-muscled Carrot Top when he's all through getting himself in shape.

  • May 5, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Careful Harry

    by Thrillho77

    You are going to have a lot of excess skin - don't trip and good luck!

  • May 5, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I have seen Comic Book Guy....And he is US!

    by TedSallis

    Hell-lo!!!!

  • May 5, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I AM SPARTACUS!!!

    by alice 13

    i win!!!

  • May 5, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean

    by Thrillho77

    Fitting coming from someone who is PEEEOPLE!!!!

  • May 5, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    No, Harry, you're not...

    by JimCurry

    you're just another geek.

  • May 5, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    This is CLEARLY a retcon

    by Anakin Whoopass

    Although Comic Book Guy's link with Harry is now obviously "canon", it's highly debatable whether the character is always based on him or if it's this is merely true in the current Simpsons timeline, for of course the show obviously depicts multiple parallel universes, one proof being different flashback episodes showing Marge and Homer courting in different decades relative to their children's then-current, never-changing age relative to the flashback in question. It could be argued, therefore, that each episode, in fact, takes place in a different parallel dimension. -- this was the most comic-book-guy talkback post I could think of

  • May 5, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I CANT FUCKING BELIEVE

    by brokenheadstuff

    WHAT I'M HEARING.... you fatass nerds are getting all "oooh gotta do some reps bro" FUCK THAT. you and people like you are what keep the bullet out of my head, to think its okay, i can be a fat nerdy fucking slob and still be happy.. well NOT ANYMORE! CUZ YOU'RE A FUCKING TRAITOR!!! ...SAY IT. "MY GIRLFRIEND MADE ME DO IT!!!.. at least thats more believable than you actually wanting to do it. ATLEAST SHE'S EARING HER NICKNAME.

  • May 5, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    ANAKIN

    by sweeneydave

    Anakin, that was awesome. I could clearly hear Comic Book Guy's voice as I read that.

  • May 5, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Harry this has little to do with you.

    by Proman1984

    It was a very minor homage to the website you egomaniac ;) .

  • May 5, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Go To HI DE HO Comics in Santa Monica

    by prajadhipok

    That's where the guy is, the real guy that COMIC BOOK GUY is based on. He even talks like him! GO THERE NOW!!!

  • May 5, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    nice homage

    by bacci40

    does that mean we all have to be nice to groening now?? aint gonna do it

  • May 5, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    current diet

    by HEADGEEK

    I drink water & sometimes tea (preferably Green) - Sweetener of choice - Splenda. Beginning tomorrow - I start Atkins (a diet I despise) - but my doctor tells me it will specifically target the fats around my liver - thus giving the surgeons more room to work on lasso'ing me stomach. <BR><BR>As for diet - been eating much smaller portions - staying away from sugars pretty much completely. I won't touch anything with more than 2g on the label per serving - and I try to avoid that... altogether. Though with the Atkins thing, that is a tad more difficult. Wife did find some sugar free chocolate - so I can continue my love for Chocolate covered pussy juice... only minus the sugar. Frankly, I can't tell the difference - it's amazing!

  • May 5, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    brokenheadstuff

    by yoko knowles

    First off, WIFE. Second, I'm the one who is currently stalling going to the gym by posting in talkbacks.

  • May 5, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    QUESTION HARRY?

    by Broseph

    are u getting gastric bypass or the tube?either way good luck my brother it's a hard long road brother but it can be done.best of luck

  • May 5, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    brokenheadstuff

    by HEADGEEK

    Dude - I hear ya. Sadly - Yoko loves me as is. We have a healthy and fairly awesome sex life - and there's no pressure from her. <BR><BR>She has never asked me to lose weight - but man. I'm in a wheelchair - and she's never danced with a dude in her entire life.... and before I got in this chair - I had Ballroom and Tap training. It's time to get out of the chair. That was my motivation to explore getting my LapBand surgery. But when one of the blood tests came back as DIABETIC.... it ceased to be about image or vanity - but about things like... oh... keeping my eyesight so I could remain a film reviewer. Not having my toes and legs amputated... and all of a sudden all that shit about being lazy and not getting off my ass went away - and I drug her to the gym, signed us both up - and 9 times out of 10, I'm dragging her to the gym. <BR><BR>I don't need to be thin to keep her. And I didn't need to be thin to have been with a significant amount of gals in my life. I'm a charming fucker in the real world. It's just true. That said - I'm not fucking with Diabetes - I'm getting rid of it and I'm gonna work my ass, belly and cheeks off to make that a reality. <BR><BR>And along the way, I've rediscovered a passion I had in high school for the Gym. I loved weight lifting. It is fun. The people there are nice and encouraging - and the gals are HOT! What's not to like? Oh yeah... sometimes the smell.

  • May 5, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    "What kinda Burger is that?"

    by Orionsangels

    Mcdonalds? Jack in the Box? *Big Kahuna burger* Big Kahuna! That's that new Hawaiian place right? I never tried it. You mind if I try some of your tasty Burger? *Go right ahead* Mmm that is a tasty Burger! I can't normally get them because my girlfriend is a Vegetarian, which pretty much makes me a Vegetarian.

  • May 5, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    You assholes can't see a Fat man happy!

    by Orionsangels

    *Oh no if he loses weight he won't be my verbal punching bag anymore. He supposed to stay fat and not have a G/F and be alone till he dies. He's not playing by the rules* Well I say fuck all that. Good for you Harry. I can't relate. I had it tough in high school and it nearly ruined my life. For all those that wanna bring someone down who doesn't fit their model of normal, just to get their jollies off. Fuck you a gazillion times!!!

  • May 5, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    and just for the record!

    by Orionsangels

    I meant - I can relate

  • May 5, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Lots despise the Atkins diet.

    by gotilk

    I mean full blown hate. I think the thing that frustrates a lot of people is that they like to see themselves as intelligent, aware people. When it turned out to be something around for so many years, something that worked and just finally caught on after so long in the underground, they were caught off guard and unaware when it turned out to not be a fad diet like all the others. Then something would be on TV saying it was bad for you again and they'd be re-fueled with ignorance, ranting and raving again about how they were right in the first place. Then it'd turn out the report was wrong because they mixed up two VERY similar sounding conditions (ketosis and ketoacidosis). This repeated in a loop for about 6 friggen years. Bad report, good report, bad report, good report. In the end, noone can seem to locate all the bodies killed by this diet and the only thing they CAN locate are bodies (and lives) transformed by it. Well, there's that and then there's just the plain hateful people who dislike people who go from fat to thin really fast. <br> <br> In your face, low carb haters. It works, doesn't kill you and can be maintained without yo-yo'ing. Deal with it. And best of luck, Harry. With all of it. Survive that operation. We'd miss you.

  • May 5, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    The AICN Weight-Loss Initiative

    by Bob of the Shire

    I could stand to lose a pound or two and I bet a lot of the talkbackers here could too. If you guys are like me, you want to lose weight you're just too fucking lazy to change your diet and start exercising. Maybe some coordinated group effort spearheaded by Harry's weight loss would give me the motivation to change my current lifestyle.

  • May 6, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    perfect example of why

    by sarsy

    The Simpsons is still so fucking awesome!!

  • May 6, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Why oh why

    by Hamish

    do people insist on coming here and having a crack at Harry. He put this site together, so of course it's got his stamp all over it, but he didn't Clockwork Orange you to read it. If he's got shit to deal with in his life, trials and triumphs, and he chooses to share them here, good for him. You have the choice to ignore it, so shut the fuck up.

  • May 6, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Computer people = overweight

    by Mastidon

    I don't think it is possible to be good at your job as some kind of computer guy without packing on the pounds. I am currently around where MiraJeff is at. However, my new toy of a Wii Fit is quite nice helping me change that. Good luck Harry. Diabities is nothing to fuck around with.

  • May 6, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Weight lost through Atkins...

    by Scorecard

    ...Is weight you'll only find again later - It's a fad diet... You want to lose weight? Simple: Food In vs Energy Out - It;s about expenditure... If you're body isn't recieving what it needs, of course you'll lose weight - But you'll gain it again once that Atkins diet is over and done with because you're starving your body of important things it needs, and once you start putting those things back in your body will freak and start hording it again - Hence, hello fatboy again... Just eat healthy, Harry... I know it's a foreign concept, but everything you're doing at the moment is a tribute to the changes you're making - Skip Atkins and just eat smarter...

  • May 6, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    And fuck the lack of Edit button on this site...

    by Scorecard

  • May 6, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    You Americans eat too much

    by CuervoJones

    Those giant menus are ridiculous.

  • May 6, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    "I'm a charming fucker in the real world."

    by ebonic_plague

    I hope someday we get to see this skinny, tap-dancing Harry. If you learn to write with correct grammar and punctuation, though, I'm going to assume a polar shift has taken place and that there may well be the possibility of seeing Uwe Boll win an Oscar.

  • May 6, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST

    This episode got the lowest rating in The Simpson's history

    by PacmanFever

    Just saying

  • May 6, 2008, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Picture

    by PacmanFever

    Harry working out in a montage set to "Hip to be a square". Quite an image, isn't it?

  • May 6, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    What's 190lbs in Stones?

    by FILMFUNK

    Good luck dude! Sounds extreme! I lost a lot of weight coz i was sick of getting out of breath tying my fucking shoes so i just cut out sugar and eat well and it slowly does the trick. I went to New York a while back (amazing place) and was stunned by size and over-the-top nature of it all especially the amount of food consumed! Fuck me! there must be millions of tons of stuff getting thrown in the trashbins when foreigners order food because the Pastrami on Rye I recieved would have kept my family in cold meat for a month and i felt terrible when they came to clear away and I had like 90% left on my plate and sounded like a faker when I said I was full and it was lovely because where I'm from it shows apreciation for a meal when you clear your plate but no way is that possible unless you are an American with a huge stretched Stomach from years of practice I guess. Diabetes is no joke though my Grandfather had it and he wasn't even a big fatty just liked too many toffees and it was sad to see him have to give it up.<P>Simpsons were taking the piss out of Geeks in General I think with the Comic Guy as I'm sure it would have resembled you more but good job on getting the piss taken out of the site!<P>Keep pimping! sorry pumping!

  • May 6, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    190 lbs - less than 14 stone!

    by Zino

    Must be a typo surely

  • May 6, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST

    It's easy to lose weight

    by Dazzler69

    Don't eat that much! You save money, sleep better, don't get sick as much, no acne from chemicals in food. Remember fat is excess food stored for later use like a bear. <p> You would think geeks and nerds would be all buff and strong since they know more stuff but no. <p> Atkins does work I lost 75 lbs years ago and kept it off, I just reduce the amount of food these days to eat. <p> I think Harry should youtube the articles the virtual dollars would be great.

  • May 6, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    YOKO - WIFE!!!!

    by brokenheadstuff

    Apologies. that was just my gut reaction. it just hurts when my fantasy of a fat happy life is dealt a blow of such proportions. First my girlfriend finds jesus, for christ's sake.. now my big fat superhero harry is on a diet.. whats gonna happen today? maybe the news will report that Bruce Lee was actually GAY.

  • May 6, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    comic book guy

    by m2298

    http://www.snpp.com/guides/lisa.html says he was "loosely based on...Ralph Bakshi".

  • May 6, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Fat People Deserve Equality

    by Sithdan

    Society is extremely prejudiced against obese people. Overweight people are continuously stereotyped and ridiculed in the media. It’s not politically correct to crack jokes about minorities or sexual orientation, but it’s perfectly acceptable to generate guffaws at the expense of the obese. As an overweight person myself, I’ve been experienced first-hand the cruelty of society. When I board an airplane, people stare at me with hate in their eyes, as if I’m the reason why there’s not enough leg space. Recently, a flight attendant made some side comment that people of my size should be required to buy two seats. I’m tired of such ill treatment. I demand equality. Why should I be forced to lose weight because the media tells me to? I like to eat junk food and watch movies. Why should I change my lifestyle to accommodate airplane passengers or people on an elevator? I take up a little more space, so what? Overweight people ARE a minority, and therefore deserve equal treatment.

  • May 6, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Congrats Harry, but I knew it all along.

    by Stalkeye

    Isn't it too obvious? Only thing that was missing was the big hair.but everything else is spot on.

  • May 6, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    First off...

    by 2dope

    Harry, congrats (I think/guess?) on the Simpsons reference. Second, right on Yoko for standing up and talking some shit! Gotta respect women who aren't afraid to deal with us looney-ass film-freaks! Also, seeing as how this has sort of become a weight issue thread, I know what you're going through, Harry. I was told I was becoming a border-line diabetic a few weeks back, and instantly began to rethink my habits. Working in the film business, primarily in the editing/VFX side, I was fairly sedentary. My weight, which I have struggled with since I was 19 (I am now 31), had peaked at 286 lbs, and I am 6'2". Lucky (I guess) for me, I carried my weight in a very evenly spread-out fashion. Most people thought I only weighed about 230. Since my doctors visit I have radically changed my lifestyle. I am no longer having a 'late snack' which really was a whole damn meal at 11 at night, right before bed. I eat much smaller portions and have begun a daily routine of taking my daughters to the park and chasing after them. I will be starting up at a gym as of next Monday, but already in a month I have lost 11 lbs and feel amazingly better. 200 is my goal weight and while it's a long way off, I know I will get there, and get royally sexified on the way! Best of luck to you, Harry!

  • May 6, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Congratulations on the Simpsons

    by CherryValance

    I think. That was kinda mean. </p> Anyway, I'll be sending lots of good vibes for your surgery. :)

  • May 6, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    HIS DOCTOR told him to do low carb

    by gotilk

    for the surgery. These armchair experts never cease to amaze me with their insistence that they know anything. Any diet will make you fat again if you quit. The only way to keep it off is to stay on a good diet. Low carb happens to be a good one, and a very fast one as well. I'd say go read up about it but everyone with the ability to publish, paid or not, has put out so much nonsense about that diet now that finding accurate information is going to be about as common as finding someone who thinks diets should take off lbs forever even after you quit in order for it not to be a "fad". <br> <br> If you diet, and you stop, you get fat again. That doesn't mean it's a fad and when it's been around for 20-plus years it's no longer a fad either. Just because your average fool just found out about it 6 years ago doesn't mean it's a fad.

  • May 6, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Yeah!

    by Jaka

    Conan #1 is the shit!

  • May 6, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Here's why I seem to be sensitive about it

    by gotilk

    My sister's husband decided not to do low carb. Instead he opted for surgery. I tried to tell both of them it was far more risky. They had heard the low carb diet was bad for them on the news. (another of many bad reports with bad science) I tried to convince them. Well, he went ahead with the surgery anyway. He was in the hospital for almost a year, ran up over a million in bills and now he walks with a walker. He could walk fine before. He was fat and he had back problems. Now he's addicted to pain meds (which they are weaning him off now), can't walk and he's still fat. Now which would you prefer in such a situation? A diet with no real risks that can conceivably take off almost a lb a day, or risky surgery that might not work and if there's complications you could end up incapacitated and immobile for years, possibly forever? And worst of all, die. Hmm? Tell me, Internet expert tough guys. I'm just concerned for our big guy here. I wish him the best of luck, but sometimes you have to look past the hype. And these days you have to put it in context. Sometimes the hype goes both ways. If you hate the diet because you hate the food choices, you have to stop and put it all in perspective. Do you want to live healthy, or do you want potato salad? Pretty easy choice when the word diabetes comes up. I would think.

  • May 6, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Grats Harry

    by Galactic

    Simpsons rock, fuck the haters. I would be honored just to be made fun of on an episode of the Simpsons.

  • May 6, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Congratulations Head Geek

    by Samus Aran

    You've definately made your own unique cultural impact. It sounds like it was fun to see yourself on such a beloved show. However, too bad this joke wasn't made ten years ago when Simpsons was written by people who understood their material. Anyway, I still don't think Comic Book Guy was originally supposed to be you, but the writers wisely have morphed him into you- they should stick with that. There is still plenty of material there I am sure.

  • May 6, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Like there was ever a question about it

    by moviemaniac-7

    Most. Obvious. Hint. Ever.

  • May 6, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Sithdan, Are you serious? I hope not

    by Puddleglum

    You have to be kidding with that "fat people are minorities, too" shit, right? <p> First of all, have you taken a look at Americans lately? The majority of them are OVERWEIGHT. I'm sure that with an attitude of entitlement like yours, you must be an American. <p> Secondly, being overweight is NOT AT ALL like someone's race. You are born with your phenotypic characteristics like skin color. Fat people make a daily decision to be fat. I know that for a number of overweight people, their condition started b/c of something biological that is beyond their control, but most of those people still make a decision everyday NOT to do the things that would keep them from being grossly overweight (balanced eating and exercise.) I understand biology is against them, but I feel no pity for someone who gives up and uses that as an excuse. <P> I feel even LESS for someone who just says they are fat b/c they like eating and no exercise too much to do anything about it. <p> Therefore, I will continue to see fattness as a weakness, not something people can't help like their color or ethnicity. <p> Stop making pathetic excuses for yourself. Harry is showing you that you CAN do somehting about your condition.

  • May 6, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Congrats Harry, WORST. PIMPAGE. EVER.

    by Rickey Henderson

    And to all the folks lecturing each other about being overweight: ease the fuck off. No one wants to see an internet institution die young, that's all.

  • May 6, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    In twenty more years...

    by rock-me Amodeo

    Maybe I'll be on Simpsons, too. Right after Moriarty, Hercules, Quint, Capone, Ambush Bug...sigh..

  • May 6, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're my hero!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Dude, don't let the mean words from mean people bother you! You've done quite a bit -- even from a chair! I can only imagine how awesome it will be once you're standing and running on your own two feet! I've got to agree with your profound words, buddy... <p>"It's time to get out of the chair." </p> I know a friend who got out of a chair after surgery. He said that it was a new life -- like being born all over again! He jokingly said that he appreciates his sex life much more now! </p>Now, I'm not saying that sex is difficult for those in a chair -- but it is a little limited. Then again, I received some advice from a friend on the night before my wedding. "Sex is like pizza. When it's good -- it's extremely good. And when it's bad -- it's still extremely good." However, it can only be better when you have the stamina and freedom to move around more! </p> Thanks for the update, Harry! You're a pretty cool guy in charge of a pretty cool website. And you just scored your first mention on a pretty iconic TV show (The Simpsons). Life is good, wouldn't you say?

  • May 6, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Puddleglum

    by Sithdan

    I didn't say anything about racism, I said society is prejudiced against overweight people. It's simple as that. Although a large percentage of Americans are overweight, that doesn't make them an elite part of society. The media tells us that "thin is in" and fat is ugly, therefore, obese people are a targeted minority. Why should I start eating peas and carrots just to appease what popular culture deams acceptable? I refuse to change my lifestyle for someone else's benefit. I'm subjected to fat jokes on virtually every channel. Lampooning gays isn't politically correct, but to hell with fat people. That's not right. How about the unnamed airline I recently flew? The flight attendant's remark to me that I should have been charged for an extra seat was way out of line and offensive. I'm even considering filing a lawsuit against that airline for defamatiion of character.

  • May 6, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Senator McCain...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    While I will be voting for you in the upcoming election (so that we can keep an inexperienced little elitist prick like Obama out of the White House), I think that you published this in the wrong message board. <p>This TB is about Harry on the Simpsons. </p>

  • May 6, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I thought Quagmire was based on Harry.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • May 6, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Bravo Harry my friend!

    by Miguel De Barioz

    What can I say! He soooo like you man! 'Get out of my shop Homer!' Fugging ace man!

  • May 6, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Strive for greatness, my man...

    by DrEdwardMorbius

    ...of course we are all much more excited to read about your animated doppleganger instead of, I dunno'...maybe what is being released today on DVD, or a movie review or some such...

  • May 6, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Since I own the domain...

    by aintifatnews

    ... aintifatnews.com, I would like to ask you, readers, what should I put on it?

  • May 6, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    to HARRY

    by FranklinStreet

    Any time I see an overweight person at the gym, I have a lot of respect and admiration for them at getting out there in spite of any hangups they may have about being at the gym and not looking perfect. It's always hardest to get over that initial hump where you're too worried about how you look, or where getting used to exercise is really grueling. You just need to keep giving yourself pats on the back for DOING it, no matter how small the progress is or how difficult it is. Sometimes you have to remember not to push TOO hard. Don't do anything that would discourage you from working out; don't push yourself to the point of injury. Just keep up keeping up and allow it to remain a positive experience that will continue to motivate you. Obviously, you've got a much more effective motivator working for you now with diabetes looming-- sometimes our bodies flip on the warning lights to get us to do things we should have already been doing. Hopefully paying attention to the warning lights will really change your future and your health and your lifestyle... and you won't wait until the warning lights are quite so bright to pay attention to them in the future. So hats off to you, and good luck with everything. But I do have one question for you about the lapband surgery. Anything that's so invasive as a surgery really worries me in general. It seems like a lot of people opt for those kinds of solutions because they're unable to make the lifestyle changes like exercise and a better diet. And often, because the food is a psychological need or habit, they continue with it even after these kinds of operations; although they may not have hunger any more, that was never really the problem in the first place. And that psychological addiction is still there. I'm just wondering if you're already so motivated with your exercise routine, if you really need to do the lapband surgery. Might it be healthier and less invasive to just keep up with the exercise and a healthier diet and forego surgery? Have you considered it, Harry? You seem to already have done the hard part, and what most can not, and it will only get easier from here on out.

  • May 6, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    DUDE ....

    by MattHooper

    Don't those people owe you some money now, bitch ! Shake a tail-feather and get your goodies !

  • May 6, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I still hold my same position

    by Sithdan

    Harry's obviously working out due to health concerns, and that's fine. If it's your own goal to be physically fit, that's fine. But I, as an obese man, am not going to hit the gym and ingest carrots for the next five years just so I can look "better" in the eyes of society. I'm perfectly happy being at 380 pounds. I still get out, travel and have a social life. I just detest it when I'm flying and people give me dirty looks because they feel I'm "hogging" their precious space. Especially when the flight attendant made her little remark (see above post). Based on those grounds, why should I tighten my belt just to appease them? I'm happy the way I am.

  • May 6, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    WIFE!! hahaha

    by punto

    sounds like wone of those chicks who go around showing off their wedding ring and correcting people about their last name

  • May 6, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Punto

    by yoko knowles

    I only changed my name after being married for 7 months and still can't remember that it's changed. I just haven't been a "girlfriend" for about 2 years now.

  • May 6, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Just What Harry Needs, An Ego Boost

    by rhcp2sweet

    Jesus come off it Harry. Comic Book Guy was around way before you became popular and he certainly isn't based off you. Just because the now shitty Simpsons writers incorporated this site into an episode doesn't mean the comic book guys is based off you. As if your ego couldn't get any bigger with your "inside information" branched from set visits provided by the studios in exchange for glowing reviews.

  • May 6, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    If you are serious about changing your lifestyle ..

    by NoDiggity

    ... why not just keep at it, and forget about the Lap Band surgery, with all it's unknown complications over the rest of your life?

  • May 6, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Lap Band sounds like foregoing personal responsibility...

    by NoDiggity

    ...it's a "Fix" where someone else is supposed to provid the magic pill. But the doctors tell you they won't give you the magic fix until you get to a certain point on your own. So are you just going to adopt this lifestyle ONLY to get to the point where the magic surgery will fix things for you? Because if you decide to stay on it, you won't need the surgery. And if the idea of getting to the surgery is so that you can relax and go back to a bad lifestyle, then the lap Band won't work anyway. You'll just up the intake of crap to make up for the restriction.

  • May 6, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    The Comic Book Guy Versus ...... Harry Knowles

    by Red Dawn Don

    Hairy Harry you need to do a SIMPSONS cameo. It could be about how The Comic Book Guy HATES nearly everything he sees and how Harry Knowles LOVES nearly everything he sees. When it comes to opinions The Comic Book Guy (TCBG) and Harry Knowles (HK) are POLAR OPPOSITES. Also The Comic Book Guy has a much more EXPANSIVE volcabulary than Harry Knowles does. "They (pimps, TCBG and HK) dress nice though." ( A little NIGHTSHIFT movie dialogue reference at the end.)

  • May 6, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    It's no secret

    by yoko knowles

    I'm on myspace.

  • May 6, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    lapband isn't a miracle cure

    by HEADGEEK

    It's a tool - one thing... in a long line of changes I'm making. It's also not major - I go into the hospital - 3 hours later I'm out - 4 days later I'll be flying to Los Angeles. There's nothing really changed about my system by it - and it's easily 100% reversible. No organs come out - no cutting of organs. It's a tool in fighting obesity - like vitamins, diets, working out - and lots and lots of sex. It all keeps you thin - but like everything in life it only works if you don't abuse it, use it wisely and back it up with a lot of hard work. <BR><BR>It's no miracle, but it is an edge - and Insurance pays for it - especially when a patient is fighting Type 2 diabetes as well as obesity. <BR><BR>I've dropped 150 lbs once before in my life. But the injuries that put me in the wheelchair mean that I need more than just a diet and working out. It's a problem that needs every advantage to beating and maintaining.

  • May 6, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Wow...it is great to see comments from Yoko!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Thanks! I didn't know that you even read the TB!!! How cool is that?!? <p>BTW...congrats on the wedding (even though it is late, you are still a newlywed)!!!</p> ;-)

  • May 6, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    We're pulling for you, Harry!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    You are, after all, the Head Geek! Just keep us updated, k?

  • May 6, 2008, 9:46 p.m. CST

    next stop - burger king reference on simpsons

    by BurgerKing

    already happened, yes they were referring to me and not the restaurant. As with anything else on TV/film/video game that mentions the BK

  • May 6, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    I love you, Yoko.

    by Lashlarue

    Leave Harry, and come marry me. I won't ask if he's bigger than me, because I'm know he is. <p> I don't think you're comic book guy, Harry. Comic book guy was in The Simpsons back in the early 90's. I never even heard of you till 99.<p> You're a great guy, though. You deserve all the celebrity you can get.<p> P.S. Cloverfield sucked. Spiderman 3 sucked. And Ironman is good, but not great. I can't believe you said it was better than Batman Begins. Really? REALLY?!!! I'd still take Donner's Superman over IronDrunk.<p>

  • May 7, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST

    and you're proud of this?

    by rsdigi

    I guess so. my site would be "i'm hung like a tic tac news"

  • May 7, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Harry, I hope the surgery is as complication free as you say.

    by NoDiggity

    Good Luck.

  • May 7, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Harry: I AM COMIC BOOK GUY!

    by half vader

    But no longer weekly DVD update guy, it seems.

  • May 7, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Keeping fighiting the good fight HK

    by QuiGonnJin&Tonic

  • May 7, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    "I AM COMIC BOOK GUY!" No you're not Harry.

    by J-Dizzle

    Comic Book Guy first appeared on the Simpsons back in 1991. You're website didn't launch until the mid-90s. How can Comic Book Guy be a parody of you when no one knew who the hell you were at the time the character was created? Answer: He isn't a parody of you. He is a parody of geeks and nerds everywhere. Hell, I'm Comic Book Guy! We're all comic book guy! Don't claim to be the sole inspiration for a character that belongs to all of us.

  • May 7, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by BendersShinyAss

    I'm no doctor, but I was obese myself and now I'm an action hero toy figure. don't give up the sugar, but give up the artificial sweetners - that shit is lethal. <p> as for going to the gym, good work, but nothing will make you lose weight faster than simply walking everywhere and having 1 big meal a day of meat and vegtables and then desert of fruit and small serve of ice cream. <p> smoking the ol hooch in 1 or 2 puffs is always good for really 'feeling' your body when you work out. but don't wipe yourself out on it.

  • May 7, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Harry-Consider a VEGAN diet- I lost 60 lbs...

    by wilsonfisk89

    In about 4 months, and had never felt better. Cutting all dairy, as well as meat, was easy as there are substitutes for nearly all common meat and dairy foods, like veggie burgers, dogs, lunch meats, chicken, mayo, etc. Also so much 'ethnic' food offers Vegan choices, epecially Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, etc. The truth is we humans are not meant to eat dairy of any kind, and it harms us in so many ways, as well as turning into straight fat and clogging our arteries. I may get flamed for all this, but for people that may be overweight, a Vegan diet may really be beneficial. Its easier, and tastier than you may think. We love your work Harry, so stay healthy bro.

  • May 7, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    this is incredible..

    by BlackJackBauer

    not being sarcastic or nothing...but the way harry is speaking about how he feels about working out, how he feels about wanting to LIVE....its the most passionate ive heard him in a long long time, like since this site was brand new. since then he has kinda just been bullshittin here and there in reviews or articles, but in this talk back...you can see the honesty in his words. good luck man, its good to want to live.

  • May 7, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    "It only hurts until the pain goes away." - my dad

    by JDanielP

    It's great using that line when someone stomps his/her big toe.

  • May 7, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Good for you!!

    by luis1210

    Harry, man, I'm not your greatest fan, more often than not i disagree with you, specially since you've compelled me to watch some garbage like superman returns, however i usually read your posts, but I want to tell you since some people in my family have had the surgery, that you're very brave for making a decision and a commitment so hard to change and improve your life. So i hope everything goes well and fuck the haters!!!!! fuck them all hard!!

  • May 7, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Oh Sithdan, Sithdan, Sithdan, you fat imbecile

    by Puddleglum

    you just don't get it, do you? <p> Even though you clearly have stated it more than once in this TB, you can't even see yourself typing that you CHOOSE to remain overweight. <p> You CHOOSE it. Got that? <p> I know it's not something you change change with the flip of a switch, but you state that you make a decision everyday to not live a more healthy life and reduce the amount of your geeky girth. <p> The "thin is in" stuff is true, but it's somewhat of a separate issue from the general public looking down on obesity. Obesity is an outward sign of unhealthiness. Nobody who's overweight is doing their body any favors. Thus seeing overweight people = seeing unhealthy people. The difference between seeing somebody stricken with an illness like MS and a grossly obese person who needs to seats in an sirplane is that the person with MS did nothing to bring on their condition and can do nothing to reverse it. You can't say that about being fat. <p> Being an asshole to a fatty just because they are fat is bullshit discrimination- absolutely. But the fact is that as long as you remain overweight, don't expect any better treatment than you're giving to your OWN body. <p> Don't eat peas or carrots. Fine. Nobody's goign to make you change your body if you don't care enough about it to do it on your own. But you ain't gonna win any lawsuits because you're fat and other people can see it.

  • May 7, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Go Harry!

    by ProfGriffin

    Thinking best thoughts for you my friend. Congratulations on the Simpsons nod. Ain't it Cool indeed!

  • May 7, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I sure can

    by Sithdan

    I definitely can win a discrimination lawsuit if I was publically humiliated (like I was on that airplane). When that flight attendant said I should have been sold two seats, it was in the presence of other passengers in a close and rather intimate setting. If these morons can sue (and win against)McDonalds for burning their mouths on hot coffee, I sure as hell can do this. There was no one even sitting next to me, so why did she care? It's my chosen lifestyle, so why should I have to tolerate society taking a dump all over it? Why shouldn't I expect better treatment? And all this fat bashing in the media has got to stop.

  • May 7, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Carnie Wilson

    by HEADGEEK

    Had Gastric ByPass... it's far more invasive and has longterm issues that LapBand doesn't have. Nice attempt at a dig, but you really should make sure you're talking about the right procedure.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Sithdan, the McDonald's Hot Coffee case...

    by J-Dizzle

    was totally different to your case. If you had actually read the testimony and examined some of the evidence you would understand why McDonald's lost that case. Your discrimination accusation, on the other hand, is a little more far fetched.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Sithdan you are on the darkside and the wrong side

    by Borgnine JR

    of the obesity issue. I used to be obese, I weighed 395 pounds. Then i had chest pains and difficukty breathing at work. An angiogram later the cardiologist told me that my heart function was normal but that disaster loomed in the future. So I changed my ways. I started walking every day and educated myself on eating smart. I also came up with some interesting ways to keep myself motivated because everyone's motivation flags occassionally. I hung a cool leather jacket i was able to wear years ago in my room to remind me every day that I needed and wanted to lose weight. I subscribed to newsletter on various health and fitness sites. I learned to make tasty and nutritious food and actuallu enjoy eating healthy. You don't realize how bad crap food can make you feel until you lay off it for awhile. It's fine once in awhile but a steady diet of junk food will make you sick and weak and miserable. I also didn't concentrate on losing weight as much as I focused on gaining health. It really helped me to combat feelings of deprivation when I thought about everything I had to gain by getting healthy rather than what I was giving up by not eating Kit Kats and Slim Jims for breakfast. I can do alot more now that I've lost almost 100 pounds and I'm much happier for it. I still have about 75 more pounds to lose, but I feel very confident that I can do it. Sithdan, your attitude might change if you thought less about what "society" is telling you to do and thought more about your own health. That's what's imiportant. And if you're staying fat in part because you want to combat the whole "thin is in" push from the media, then you really do care what the Media says. you are controlled by them because you are basing your behavior on what they are saying, rather than on what you want and need. Give it a try dude, it can be tough at first but once you're in the groove it get's easier and the payoff is worth it. Focus on health instead of weight. And remeber, your health decisions do impact those around you. I'm sure you have family or friends who don't want you to stroke out if only because they don't want to have to come over to your house and help you up off the toilet when you are too feeble to take care of yourself. Also, the myriad of diseases caused by being fat cost a fortune to treat. Which means being fat drives up the cost of healthcare. So people being fat is costing everyone money. And nobody is entitled to free bypass surgery if they won't even make an effort to control their poor health habits. Good luck Harry you can do it big fella. The more muscle you gain the better, since a pound of muscle burns off 35-70 calories a day just to maintain itself. That's on top of any exercise you do. And again, think health rather than just weight.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    That's all well and good

    by Sithdan

    However, it's my choice. If were truly concerned what "society" believes, wouldn't I be dieting? I was living a happy-to-lucky life until that bitch of a flight attendant insulted me in a public setting. It's not that I'm intentionally stuffing my face with hamburgers and Ding Dongs to spite society. I just like me junk food and prefer it if people mind their own business rather than resort to name-calling and public insults because they don't approve of my lifestyle.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    SITHDAN, STOP THE INSANITY

    by Puddleglum

    You have more thanjust me now to tell you you're nothing more than a sad, fat, sack of excuses. <p> And for the record, you ARE concerned with what the media says, otherwise it wouldn't be influencing the lifestyle/eating decisions you stated that you continually make. <p>I don't beleive for a second you were living "happy-go-lucky" until recently when a flight attendant told you you were fat. Was this the first time EVER someone had noticed you were a tad overweight? Come on, stop bullshitting. It's this kind fo bullshitting that has allowed you to snow yourself into believing your own excuses! <p> But then at the end of your last post you really touch upon the heart of Sithdan's lifestyle: <p> "I just like me junk food and prefer it if people mind their own busines" <p> That's what it's really all about isn't it? <p> take a lesson from Borgnine or Harry before it's too late for you. You were unhappy before and you'll stay that way, no matter how many lawsuits (you think) you can win becauae nothing will change your unhealthy lifestyle. More $$ will just equal more food for you. Which literally just FEEDS the cycle. <p> You just want to be left alone with your food and unhealthy lifestyle? Fine. It'll be a lonely, EARLY funeral.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Puddleglum

    by Sithdan

    I haven't been publically insulted about my weight since high school. During those days I was forced to grow a cast-iron skin against the onslaught of fat jokes and quips. It came with the territory. During college my classmates grew out of that kind of childish behavior, and as an adult, I have enjoyed a peaceful lifestyle. No one (at least not in earshot) mentions my weight, and society has generally treated me with the respect I deserve. I can recall just one occasion when I was touring Europe back in the late 1990s when some kids made some infantile jests at my expense, but that is rare. What the flight attendant did was just rude. I should be treated with the same equality as all the other passengers on that plane. I was discriminated against because of my endomorphic body. I paid $600 of my hard-earned money to be on that flight, and what she did was wrong. I’m the victim here, yet people on this board are ignoring that fact and are haranguing me about health issues. Humans come in all shapes and sizes, and I’m growing weary of people in the media telling me how I should appear.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Yes, you ARE the victim here; A victim of yourself

    by Puddleglum

    Sithdan, you got to stop this shit because I'm actually starting to feel sorry for you instead of just pitying your inability to see with open eyes. <p> But you are NOT a victim of the airline stewardess. She said something that hurt your feelings. 1) that isn't ILLEGAL and 2) WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD. Shit like that is gonna happen. Your weight, his hair, her bigass lips, my shitty shoes. People say rude shit to one another. But it's not a cause for a lawsuit. <p> The sooner you realize YOU are in control of your life and stop being the victim and letting circumstances around you dictate your life and the decisions (or lack thereof) you make because of them, the sooner you'll discover you've been living a life of EXCUSES.

  • May 8, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    ooh you're comic guy

    by Orionsangels

    Well "I am a Jedi like my father before me"

  • May 8, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Comic book guy my ass

    by blue_meanie

    harry. Claim the title all you want but there was a wonderful curmudgeon at one of 2 comic shops in L.A. (Westwood & Venice) where Groening used to shop. This guy looked, acted and was Comic Book Guy. He ended up working nights at the shop re-organizing the titles because he was so obnoxious to customers who choose ho-hum books. This was long before "Aint It Cool" so just because the 10th String Simpsons QB ran out of ideas and used "Aint I Fat" doesn't mean you are comic book guy. Long Live Lazlo!

  • May 9, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    by abacu1247

    ever one is fat ain't it cool news!!!

  • May 9, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Unless this piece of "news"...

    by deanamatronix

    and the talkback are just one long parody, this website has hit an all-time low. Unfuckingbelievable.

  • May 9, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    comic book guy

    by stvnhthr

    Comic Book Guy is an amalgam of various geeky real life people. There are parts of Harry in the character, but he is not based off solely one real person.

  • May 9, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Enough!

    by rutgerman

    Guys. Look. Comic Book Guy first appeared in the 2nd season of the Simpsons in 1991. AICN came about in 1996. We all know this, INCLUDING Harry. <br><br> I don't think he meant to say that he was the inspiration FOR comic book guy. He was just excited that he was referenced on the episode. So what? <br><br> And guess what? Harry's been referenced on the Simpsons. He's also been parodied on SNL. <br><br> ...Have you? <br><br> ...NO? <br><br> Then SHUT THE FUCK UP. <br><br> And Yoko, welcome to the talkbacks. Although I must say that AICN is one of the most unregulated boards I've seen, full of nasty, nasty people who have nothing better to do. So watch your step around the trolls. :)<br><br>If anything Harry, I'd recommend changing the boards a little bit (see Gawker) - but that's just me. <br><br> And good luck with your diet! I did Atkins for a while (lost 25 lbs and kept it off) - it's not easy to maintain, so if you ever need tips just holler. :)

  • May 9, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    rutgerman

    by yoko knowles

    Thanks, but where do you think I got the name Yoko from?

  • May 9, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Haha

    by rutgerman

    Very true. :)

  • May 10, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Aint I fat news.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I have never used the expression lol before but that really had me lol.

  • June 5, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    New Simpsons are so un hip

    by brodiebruce_405

    But I still don't think they're paid off to give glowing reviews like on AICN. It's hilarious some of the crap you'll endorse for money, whore.

  • June 5, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Harry...

    by brodiebruce_405

    "Dude - I hear ya. Sadly - Yoko loves me as is. We have a healthy and fairly awesome sex life - and there's no pressure from her." Thanks for making me feel sick. I mean the mechanics of it are mindboggling.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Just want to post this here right now

    by sam jacksons wig

    as it gives me a HUGE kick being the first to do so on over 2 years!!!! Now to find a longer thread and post there! Who am I talking to? No one is listening here.....

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I check this messageboard every day...

    by Seph_J

    ...just to see if anyone is sad enough to post on it. ha ha ha

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Yep it's official

    by orcus

    You are sad to actually show up EVERY FUCKING DAY in the hope of finding something

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by rutgerman

    No words for that.

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